Ratings approach

Our ratings assess the quality of carbon projects of any type, at any stage, anywhere. See how.

  1. Establish project claims

    We evidence the carbon accounting and boundaries for every project via verified project information, extensive developer engagement and in-house geospatial tools. Our ratings assess these claims.

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  2. Build unique datasets

    Our datasets are enriched by local expertise and global research partnerships. Our sources library allows every rating to draw on thousands of peer-reviewed studies.

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  3. Run bespoke models

    Our proprietary sector-specific models use machine learning and automation to identify and assess the risks to a project’s climate claims. 

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  4. Analyst interrogation

    Our ratings scientists use sector specific frameworks to evaluate the results of our models, and assess risks that can’t be modelled.

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  5. Assess execution risk

    Our analysts assess the five key risks associated with whether a project will successfully reach operation (ex ante only). We are the only agency to perform this analysis.

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    The five key risks are: Team experience, Financial risk, Regulatory risk, Technical risk and Operational risk
  6. Assign a rating

    Every rating is unanimously approved at Ratings Committee, containing hundreds of years of scientific, carbon and markets experience. 

    We believe full time specialists scrutinising every rating decision gives the most rigorous assessment.

  7. Always transparent

    Our headline ratings have always been made public; released at the same time; and shown the same everywhere.

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    Our ratings are always made public, always released simultaneously and always on one rating scale
  8. Live and current

    All ratings are continuously monitored for anything that could materially change our assessment.

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